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Letter to the Editor - April 26

April 26, 2013

Political courage seems to be in short supply

To the editor:

I keep hearing politicians say the government is too big and I keep asking, “Compared to what?” Big and small are relative terms that require a frame of reference, but all I hear are slogans, not answers.

It seems to me that the government may not be too big compared to the things we, the citizens, ask it to do. So it seems that we have two options; make the government more efficient in what it does so that it requires less resources to get the job done, or ask it to stop doing something that it is now doing.

When these same politicians are asked what they would cut out of the government they often say things like, “The Department of Education” or “The Environmental Agency” or whatever. They evidently don’t have a sense of history and know why these agencies were created in the first place.

Apparently, they want us to go back to big cities whose air is not breathable and we have acid rain. How about rivers that catch fire? Department of Education? Do we really want to go back to the horrible difference between the education our children get in the poorer rural states as opposed to the more wealthy states? That would doom a large segment of our children to poverty in a world that requires more and more education.

Most politicians won’t commit to what it is they would eliminate, they just want “smaller government.” Many of these politicians then vote to cut funding to the agencies that should be streamlined. Businesses across the country constantly invest in making themselves more efficient to be competitive but somehow we think the government will get more efficient if we “starve the beast,” as one group has said.

Political courage seems to be in short supply.

Bob Ayrer
Falling Waters, W.Va.

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